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DIY Nursing Cover in 7 Simple Steps

Ya’ll.  This is the easiest sewing project I may have ever made.  Seriously.  Super quick too.  And cheap!  It’s like the ultimate DIY project triumvirate- inexpensive, easy, and quick to make.  There’s not many projects that tick all of those boxes but this DIY nursing cover does!

If you want to make a baby shower gift for an expecting friend then I totally recommend this one.  I recently made one for an expectant mama.  She had this one on her registry but I thought she could use a second one since babies pretty much get drool spit up, etc on everything and back-ups are always nice.

So here’s what you need to make your own DIY nursing cover:


  1. Wash and dry your fabric.
  2. Next lay your fabric down nice and flat.  Then trim the long edges so that they are nice and straight.  You could use scissors but I find it much easier to do with my rotary cutter set.
1 yard of striped knit fabric laid out on a table
the edge of the fabric before it is trimmed to be mroe even
the fabric after the edges have been trimmed

3. Fold your fabric in half from selvage to selvage with the right sides facing each other.

4. Pin along the selvage edge (the edge opposite of the fold that is 36 inches long).

the fabric folded and pinned

5. Sew along the pinned edge.  You may noticed that I pinned mine in a little further from edge than I typically would… This is because I didn’t bother to trim the selvages from the edges.  I sewed just to the side of the little holes on the selvages.

6. Trim off the selvage nice and close to your stitches and trim the strings.

the sewn edge once trimmed down

7. Now turn the scarf right side out and you are done!

the hem once turned right side out

You can wear it as an infinity scarf by sticking your head through the loop you made and then looping twice around your neck.  Unloop once and drape over your body to cover while nursing.

the finished diy nursing cover when worn like an infinity scarf
the diy nursing cover unlooped and spread out for nursing
Use this tutorial to learn how to make a DIY nursing cover that's in the style of an infinity scarf. #diynursingcover

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Saturday 2nd of April 2016

Hi, I am about to try this but what wondering what if I don't have a "ball" needle? I also just finished making the bibs!! Yay! They are not perfect but ok for my first time out.

Thank you.


Saturday 2nd of April 2016

I'm not sure. I've never tried it before. Everything I have read has talked about how a regular needle will make rips in a knit fabric. You could try it, but as I've said I have never done it and so I can't recommend it. Glad to hear the bibs went well!

Linda H

Wednesday 30th of March 2016

Thank you Cindy for asking the question. I was wondering also & thinking I was being very dense. Since it is an infinity scarf, I knew it had to be a closed circle and couldn't make it work in my head. I didn't catch it nor did it dawn on me that you stick your head up the TUBE!!! I get it now!!


Wednesday 30th of March 2016

Sorry for the confusion. I see now that I should have included a shot of how to put it on. Thank you for your input! It will help me to better write future tutorials.


Monday 28th of March 2016

At what point did you sew the ends together to make it an infinity scarf? I didn't see that in the tutorial.


Monday 28th of March 2016

You don not sew the ends together. Once you sew the one side up and turn it right side out (step 7) you are done. Stick your head through one of the open ends and out the other end. (like putting on a big necklace) That's the first loop. Twist the scarf once to make a second loop. Stick your head through that loop. Now it is looped around your neck twice (as seen in the last picture in the post.


Monday 28th of March 2016

This came at the perfect time. I will be using my serger and metallic thread to make this glittery.


Monday 28th of March 2016

Yes! A serger would be great for this project. I am hoping to have one one of these days :)

Danielle D.

Monday 28th of March 2016

Amazing tutorial thank you very much! I am sure my family members will love these at their baby showers :)


Monday 28th of March 2016

You're welcome! I am sure they will love it!

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